Oklahoma Needs to Lighten Up

As Adam Jacobi posted yesterday, a hoax article that claimed two Oklahoma quarterbacks had been arrested for coacaine trafficking caught fire a couple days ago, spreading across the internet and prompting a wave of "it's a hoax!" stories.

Now the hoaxer is coming under legal threat from the entire state of Oklahoma. Landry Jones' dad:

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"I'm going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. I've got deep enough pockets to do it."

The Oklahoman:

"We take this very seriously and will consider legal action."

Oklahoma's associate athletic director:

"We feel it's real unfortunate how many things have germinated from an anonymous starting point that are unfounded, untrue and, as this story proves, hurtful," Mossman said.

Now... wait just a damn minute here. This was parody, and it should have been clear to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.

The original article's been pulled, but a little googling digs it up on various message boards. This is the final paragraph:

Normally success on the field has been followed by arrests off it for the Sooners. Booster groups expressed hope that these incidents were an indication that the team was going to have an excellent year.

This is a big flashing "it's a joke" sign. Also, this was the URL:

http://69.49.239.85/newsok/sports/sooners/article

Here's a tip for anyone working in radio: unmasked IPs are not credible news sources.

Only the carelessness of various media outlets turned this into anything other than yet another fake-story-with-real-template that gets posted on various message boards and is immediately followed by six guys saying "hoax"; this guy should get a medal or something.

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